We try to limit the amount of chemicals that pass our lips. Organic whole foods? – yes! Pesticides? – No. But, what about our toothpaste?
It’s known that toxins are readily absorbed through our skin. According to the scientific literature, ‘The importance of absorption of drugs and poisons through the skin and mucous membranes needs no emphasis.’* Case closed. So, it makes sense to limit toxic exposure to the delicate mucous membranes in our mouth.
Consider your typical drugstore toothpaste. Check out the list of inactive ingredients for Crest Complete.
Many better options exist. For example, Jason Power Smile has a much healthier ingredient list.
Jason Power Smile Toothpaste
Calcium Carbonate, Water, Glycerin, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Carrageenan, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Gel (Organic), Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Powder, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Seed Extract, Stevia Rebaudiana Extract, Silica, Sodium Bicarbonate
But, $7 is more than I want to pay for a 6 ounce tube of toothpaste when you can make your own at home. It’s inexpensive, edible and easy to do. Mix all ingredients together until it forms a smooth paste. Done.
Efficacy? My green dentist is extremely thorough, testing the type and quantity of oral bacteria at most visits. Six months after getting more consistent with my oil pulling and switching to this DIY toothpaste, the tests showed healthy levels of bacteria. Perhaps the credit goes to the antimicrobial properties of the lauric acid in the coconut oil used for both oil pulling and brushing. Now that’s something to smile about!
DIY TOOTHPASTE INGREDIENTS:
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 4 tablespoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon organic peppermint extract
- 1/4 teaspoon liquid stevia or 1 teaspoon xylitol powder (both optional)
- 30 drops liquid trace minerals (optional)
Probiotics? – Some DIY toothpaste recipes include probiotics. It seems sound in concept. But, evidently the species of microbes residing in our oral cavities are different from the ones in our gastrointestinal tract. So, do your research first. Also, I’m not so sure the freeze-dried microbes would survive in the moist environment of a bathroom -much less the oil in the actual toothpaste itself. But, please, if you have knowledge otherwise, please share in the name of good oral health for everyone!
* D. Macht, The Absorption of Drugs and Poisons Through the Skin and Mucous Membranes. JAMA. 1938;110(6):409-414. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790060001001.
Do you have any tips or experiences to share with DIY toothpaste or oil pulling? Please share below!